STAFF REVIEW: Negroland, the memoir by journalist Margo Jefferson, adds another stunning voice to the dialogue about race. Raised in the 50s and 60s in Chicago's Hyde Park by affluent and ambitious parents, Jefferson grows up with the compounded complexity not only of being black and female in a white and male-dominated society with low expectations of her, but also of being a token "credit to her race" urged to excel and warned to guard her association with the majority of African Americans who don't share her parents' ideals for themselves and for her. Understandably, the years of scrutiny and disassociation, both societal and self-imposed, take an immeasurable toll. It's little wonder that she longs to, as her mother says, "forget I'm a Negro...It wasn't a disavowal; it was her claim to a free you feel when your rights in America are self-evident, not be be argued, justified, or brooded on every day." Highly recommended by Kelly

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ISBN: 9780307378453
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Published: Pantheon Books - September 8th, 2015

Winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography